The Wednesday Read: Quist, REAL ID, & Gorsuch

What really matters is what you do with what you have. – H. G. Wells

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Rob Quist
  • REAL ID & Montana
  • Neil Gorsuch

Rob Quist:

The Montana Democrats are once again fielding a candidate who has some major problems in his past.

The Associated Press (AP) reported that Montana filed three tax liens to collect about $15,000 in back taxes against Rob Quist, who is a candidate for Montana’s open U.S. House seat. The liens against Quist and his wife, Bonni, were issued in 2015 and cover the 2007, 2011 and 2012 tax years. He settled the debt with the Department of Revenue last May.

The AP also reported that a collection agency is seeking about $10,000 because of a defaulted bank loan from Quist. Quist blamed the debt on his health problems, which probably raises more concerns.

The AP reported that in response to queries about the liens against Quist, Democratic operatives pointed to a $3,600 tax lien issued in 1993 in New Jersey against Greg Gianforte, who is the Republican nominee for the open U.S. House seat.

Wow, bringing up something from 24 years ago is a great comeback!

The best thing for Quist is that Gianforte has some baggage of his own.

Some day the Montana Democrats should start doing some vetting into their candidates’ past and maybe ask them a few questions before the coronation. Here’s a self-serving plug – Maybe they could just buy my book, “50+ Questions for the Potential Candidate” and use that as a guide when they are vetting potential candidates.

REAL ID & Montana:

Lee Newspapers reported that Montanans could choose to get a driver’s license that complies with federal REAL ID requirements or one that doesn’t under a bill proposed by Sen. Jill Cohenour, D-East Helena.


I suggest the people who are afraid to obtain a license that complies with REAL ID have their regular license stamped with PARANOID or WACKO or something like that to alert officials…

Neil Gorsuch:

Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch spent about 11.5 hours Tuesday taking questions from 20 senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The biggest thing to come out of the question and answer session was Gorsuch being able to go so long without going to the bathroom.

Gorsuch did not provide many answers. Republicans threw him softball questions and Democrats could not pin him down on much of anything. Gorsuch wouldn’t even give a yes or no answer about cameras in the Supreme Court or travel disclosure from Supreme Court Justices.

It’s too bad the process has gotten so far off-track.

Gorsuch should easily make it out of the committee. To be confirmed by the whole senate, there will need to be 60 senators vote to end debate. That means the 52 Republican Senators will need eight Democrats to go along with them to confirm Gorsuch.

If the Republicans don’t succeed, they will need to use the nuclear option. That would be interesting.



2 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: Quist, REAL ID, & Gorsuch

  1. It seems to me that Quist’s issues with medical and tax debts makes him more relatable to everyday Montanans. There aren’t many folks who haven’t had to juggle onerous financial obligations not of their own making, then having to decide which wolf at the door to throw money at to fend it off, even temporarily. Having survived the onslaughts he’s been making it right, something others never do. I don’t see that he sought relief from bankruptcy filings.

    Gianforte, on the other hand, can just write ’em a check without breaking a sweat.

    • Doug – Thanks. Maybe he is more relatable because of this, but Quist and his people should have disclosed this and used it to his advantage and make it more relatable instead of letting someone else disclose it and have to play the game on their terms.

      In less than 24 hours, Montanans found out that Quist had tax problems in three different years. He currently has a collection agency after him for a default on a bank loan, plus he disclosed some health problems and never said whether his health is still an issue. He is 69 years old.

      Like I said, Gianforte has some baggage, too. We’ll see which candidate with baggage gets the most votes.

      Thanks again,


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